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December 2, 2019 0

Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka shifted again

first_imgThe Haryana government on Wednesday transferred 14 IAS officers, including bureaucrat Ashok Khemka, who has been posted as Principal Secretary of the Archaeological department. Mr. Khemka has been transferred nearly 50 times in his career.He tweeted: “Again transferred. Again the same thing. Constitution Day was celebrated yesterday. Today, order and rules of Supreme Court were broken yet again. Few would be happy. As reached the last destination. Reward for honesty is humiliation.”Mr. Khemka, who was posted for nearly eight months in the Science and Technology Department, has been now been posted as Principal Secretary, Archives, Archaeology and Museums Department.Mr. Khemka came to limelight after he cancelled the mutation of a land deal between Congress leader Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra’s company and real estate developer DLF.The other officials who have been transferred include Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary, Excise and Taxation and Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Department, who has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Department and Cooperation Department.Pranab Kishore Das, Additional Chief Secretary, Mines and Geology Department, has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Food, Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department.Alok Nigam, Additional Chief Secretary, Public Works Department (Building and Roads) has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Forest and Wildlife Department and Medical Education.Devender Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, Civil Aviation, Industries and Commerce, Skill Development, has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Irrigation and Water Resources.Trilok Chand Gupta, Additional Chief Secretary, New and Renewable Energy, Transport, has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, New and Renewable Energy, Transport, Power, Employment, Works related to Implementation of Chief Minister announcements, Skill Development and Industrial Training and Member Secretary, Haryana Governance Reforms Authority.Amit Jha, Additional Chief Secretary, Medical Education and Research Department has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Science and Technology Department and Advisor, Haryana Saraswati Heritage Board.Siddhi Nath Roy, Additional Chief Secretary, Food, Supply and Consumer Affairs and Cooperation Department, has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Local Bodies Department.Rajeev Arora, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare and Public Health Engineering Department, has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Public Works (Building and Roads).T.V.S.N. Prasad, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance and Planning Department, has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Finance and Planning Department, Industries and Commerce and Civil Aviation Department.Anurag Rastogi, Principal Secretary, Irrigation and Water Resources Department, has been posted as Principal Secretary, Excise and Taxation Department.Anand Mohan Sharan, Principal Secretary, Urban Local Bodies, Sports and Youth Affairs Departments, has been posted as Principal Secretary, Mines and Geology, Sports and Youth Affairs Department.D. Suresh, Chief Administrator, Haryana Shaheri Vikas Pradhikaran, has been posted as the Commissioner, Rohtak Division, Rohtak.Pankaj Yadav, Commissioner, Rohtak Division, Rohtak, has been posted as Chief Administrator, Haryana Shaheri Vikas Pradhikaran.last_img read more


December 1, 2019 0

Big finish needed

first_imgColombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith their backs to the wall, perennial PBA Philippine Cup powers Magnolia and Alaska set out to snare crucial wins Wednesday in a bid to stay in the hunt for playoff berths in the PBA Philippine Cup.Fortunately for Hotshots coach Chito Victolero, his squad is not going to hope for a scenario to unfold for them to make it, and they start with their battle with struggling NorthPort at 7 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Google Philippines names new country director Meanwhile, the Aces, who lost to the Hotshots in last season’s Governors’ Cup Finals, are also at 3-5 and hard-pressed to pile up wins.They slug it out with Meralco in the 4:30 p.m. game and are looking to regain the form that gave them a 3-2 record in their first five games.Meralco, on the other hand, also has its back to the wall and at 3-6, would need to close out with two victories, counting this critical clash with the Aces.Norman Black’s Bolts have failed to advance past the eliminations here since 2015 and a victory tonight could give them hope of snapping that streak.ADVERTISEMENT “While we’re currently along the fringes, our fate this conference is still up to us,” he said in Filipino after Magnolia’s 97-93 overtime loss to crowd darling Barangay Ginebra last Sunday night.As things stand, the 3-5 Hotshots sit on eighth spot and would want to climb up the standings to play on a level field in the quarterfinals.And to do that, Magnolia needs nothing less than a sweep of their remaining three games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We just hope to stay together as we move forward,” Victolero said. “We just need to win the next three games. I think that will afford us a spot right in the middle.”NorthPort (2-7) has yet to secure a win after opening the conference with back-to-back wins. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Shouldn’t Pacquiao consult Roach again? Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more


November 27, 2019 0

iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus: Specifications, top features, price and everything else you need to know

first_imgApple just launched two new iPhones — the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus — and as always, all hell broke loose. Just like every iPhone launch event, this one again, was no different. It was nothing short of astronomic proportions (we are looking at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium’s ceiling here among other shiny things) and its new iPhones were still beating the revolutionary drum with aplomb.Say hello to the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus, ‘fresh’ out the oven available for buy starting September 25 in select countries. Apple plans on making them available in as many as 130 countries by year end (including India, possibly).  Also Read: Apple announces iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, highlights 12MP camera and 3D Touch But wait, why do the new iPhones look so much like the previous iPhones? Yes, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6S Plus look exactly like their predecessors (iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus), and that’s not surprising. You see, Apple follows this ‘tick-tock’ release cycle (much like Intel) for every iPhone. The ‘tick’ is an iPhone with a ‘bigger’ cosmetic makeover (among other things), while the ‘tock’ is pretty much the tick with improved hardware inside. So, technically the iPhone 6 (and iPhone 6 Plus) was the tick and the iPhone 6S (and iPhone 6S Plus) is the tock in the cycle. Get it?Also Read: Everything Apple launched last night So basically, the iPhone 6S is a turbo-charged iPhone 6, getting a boost in both the hardware as well as software departments.advertisementNot to say there’s no cosmetic revamp at all in the new iPhones. While the iPhone 6 was marred by the infamous bend-gate syndrome, the new iPhones have got a slight reshuffle in ‘make material’ to overcome that weak (and embarrassing) spot. The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus use a new stronger aluminium — 7,000 series aluminium first introduced with the Apple Watch Sport — that is roughly 60% stronger than standard aluminium alloys, according to Apple. So, no more bend-gate? Well, let’s hope so.And, for those of you who like it fancy, there’s a new rose-gold flavour in town, in addition to the standard gold variant.The USP of the iPhone 6S (and the iPhone 6S Plus) is the new touchscreen technology called Force Touch, err…3D Touch. Yes, Apple’s Force Touch — we saw earlier in the Apple Watch and the MacBook trackpad — has got a makeover (for the iPhone) and a new name. The undertone is still the same though: it gives you a pressure-sensitive screen that responds differently to different kinds of taps. You get two new gestures, a ‘peek’ and a ‘pop’. While a light tap gives you a peek into an app or widget (blurring the background) from anywhere on the screen, tapping it harder pops out more details concerning it. Basically, each gesture can produce a different kind of interaction with the new iPhones.Also Read: Apple iPhone 6S likely to launch in India in October Look at it this way: a slight tap (peek) would give you a quick look at a photo (say, on Instagram) while a harder press would open the detailed menu. Although it adds an all new level to ‘stalking’, you can’t help but notice how cool 3D Touch is. There will of course be a learning curve to it since not all apps and widgets will respond to it in the same way. Heck, some apps/widgets may not respond to it at all.Apple’s new ‘Taptic Engine’ will however let you know what you’re doing all the time by giving you a different tactile sensation for each kind of interaction. The technology was earlier seen in the Apple Watch.The new iPhones will be powered by Apple’s new A9 processor that is 70% faster and has a 90% faster GPU as compared to the previous generation A8 chip found on the iPhone 6.Also Read: What is Apple’s 3D Touch in iPhone 6S and why it matters The A9 chip in combination with Apple’s new iOS 9 will give the new iPhones an improved battery life over predecessors.While we are at it, iOS 9 (with M9 motion co-processor) introduces an ‘always on’ Siri voice assistant. Siri is now always on and listening. Earlier, it was available only while charging the phone.The new iPhones come with a dramatic overhaul in the camera department. In a first for Apple, the iPhone 6S (and iPhone 6S Plus) comes with bumped up cameras: a 12-megapixel iSight camera that can now record 4K videos and an 8-megapixel FaceTime camera with ‘Retina Flash’.advertisementThe iSight camera can take something called as ‘Live Photos’. Basically, its the camera recording some footage before and after you’ve clicked a photo. Sounds like HTC’s Zoe, to us; but expect Apple to ‘market’ things right, again as always. So, your clicked photos will save as mini recordings. Wonder, how much space (12MP+video quality) that would take? A lot, we suppose.Meanwhile, there’s now an option to use Motion Wallpapers (like in the Apple Watch) and you can use Live Photos as wallpapers too.The FaceTime camera’s Retina Flash is simply the screen lighting up every time you have the option on to check on that white balance while clicking selfies.In another news, the iPhone 6S (and iPhone 6S Plus) comes with Touch ID 2.0 which according to Apple is two times faster than the first generation version on the iPhone 6.Also Read: Apple iPad Pro vs iPad Air? 7 ways in which new iPad is different The iPhone 6S is rocking a 4.7-inch IPS display with a 750×1334 pixels resolution while the iPhone 6S Plus comes with a 5.5-inch IPS display with a 1080×1920 pixels resolution. The new iPhones will come in 16/64/128GB memory options with no microSD card slot.As for pricing, the iPhone 6S will cost you $649 for 16GB, $749 for 64GB, and $849 for 128GB variant off-contract. That’s close to Rs.44,000 for the base model and it goes all the way up to almost Rs.57,000 for the 128GB model. The new iPhones will likely be available in India sometime in October.Apple is also offering a new instalment plan it calls ‘iPhone Upgrade Program’ where you can pay some amount for 24 months to buy the new iPhones.last_img read more


November 27, 2019 0

England vs. India- 2nd Test Day 2 Review: Men In Blue have a horror…

first_imgAdvertisementImage Courtesy: The HinduWhile the rain gods steered clear at times to give a day’s play, it turned out to be a disastrous day in the office for Virat Kohli and co. The visitors crumbled down to post only 107 in their first innings to end the day’s play.England captain Joe Root won the toss and elected to bowl to begin the proceedings, the English bowlers did not waste any time as they snapped up the openers Murali Vijay and KL Rahul in quick succession to reduce India to 10-2.Cheteshwar Pujara, who came in for the out of favour Shikhar Dhawan had a torrid time in the middle before involving in a huge mix-up with Virat Kohli to lose his wicket after just scoring 1 off 25 deliveries.Just because, here’s that Che Pujara run out with added Fazeer Mohammed 🔊Wait for it….#EngvInd pic.twitter.com/0UbpUhP552— Vithushan Ehantharajah (@Vitu_E) August 10, 2018While Virat Kohli managed to negotiate the probing English seamers, the skipper too fell prey to Chris Woakes for 23. A lacklustre display by the middle and the lower middle order ensured India did not have enough runs on the board.Meanwhile, James Anderson returned to clean up the tail to pick up his five-wicket haul and his 99th wicket at the home of cricket.Take a bow @jimmy9! 🔥Full Highlights: https://t.co/2bnlJAAusl#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/pYNkkZyxdR— England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 10, 2018The visitors head into day 3 with a change in the bowling setup which sees the inclusion of Kuldeep Yadav in place of Umesh Yadav.Read Also:Cricket: Arjun Tendulkar helps the Ground Staffs at Lord’sCricket: Indian Premier League brand value increases by $US 1 billion Advertisementlast_img read more


November 26, 2019 0

Heat wave claims over 100 lives in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana

first_imgThe unusually harsh summer heat in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh has started taking a huge toll on its residents. At least 111 people have died due to sunstroke during the last few days as the two states are experiencing intense heat wave conditions.As many as 66 people died in Telangana while 45 succumbed in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. Most of the deaths were reported during the last one week.According to Telangana’s disaster management department, Mahabubnagar district accounted for highest number of deaths at 28, while 11 people died in Medak district, IANS reported.Heat wave conditions claimed seven lives in Nizamabad, five each in in Khammam and Karimnagar, four each in Adilabad and Warangal and two in Nalgonda.However, no deaths have been reported from Hyderabad and neighbouring Ranga Reddy district.According to the Met department, there was appreciable rise in maximum temperatures at one or two places in Telangana on Thursday. The highest maximum temperature of 41 degree Celsius was recorded in Nalgonda, Hanamakonda, Khammam, Mahabubnagar and Ramagundam.In Andhra Pradesh, 45 people died of sunstroke during the last one week. Deputy Chief Minister N Chinna Rajappa said that 16 of the deaths were reported from YSR Kadapa district while Prakasam accounted for 11 deaths.Four died in Anantapur, three each in Vijayanagaram, Chittoor and Kurnool, two each in Srikakulam and Krishna districts and one in West Godavari district.He said the government would extend all possible help to the families of the heat wave victims.He said hospitals across the state had been alerted to be prepared to tackle the situation.advertisement”People have been advised to avoid venturing out of their houses during day times, especially between 12 noon and 3 pm,” he said.According to the Met department, the temperature was above normal at many places over Rayalaseema and appreciably above normal at one or two places over coastal Andhra Pradesh. The highest maximum temperature of 42 degree Celsius was recorded at Anantapur and Nandyal.Disaster Management Commissioner Dhanunjaya Reddy on Thursday briefed Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu of the situation and the steps taken to brace the heat wave.He said the district administration along with the medical and health department has undertaken a massive awareness campaign and makeshift medical camps.Oral rehydration salts and intravenous fluids have been made available at public places. Construction workers and labourers have been instructed not to work between 12 pm to 3 pm.Officials said all precautionary measures are being taken in view of the forecast that the summer will be warmer.The heat wave had claimed nearly 2,000 lives in the two states last year.   ALSO READMet dept: North, Central India to face extreme heat wave condition this summerlast_img read more


November 26, 2019 0

Team spirit and togetherness behind Wales’ success: Coach Coleman

first_imgWales chief coach Chris Coleman hailed his team’s tremendous team spirit and togetherness and pointed out that it was the reason behind them reaching the semi-finals of the Euro football championship.Wales came back from a goal down to beat Belgium 3-1 here on Friday night to make the cut although it was Belgium who had gone into the tie as favourites.BAND OF BROTHERS”It’s complete euphoria really. I think it’s amazing,” Coleman was quoted as saying by the Football Association of Wales website.”We know Belgium are a top team so we knew that, if we were going to do anything tonight, we had to bring our A-game and our players certainly did that plus.. And more! It was an incredible performance and they deserved the win. I think what you saw tonight was that team spirit and togetherness that everybody talks about with this team,” he added.”It’s alright talking about it, but sometimes you’ve got to show it. It’s not just showing it when you’re one or two goals up, it’s when you’re down and it’s against you.”It was Wales captain Ashley Williams who headed in the equaliser after Radja Nainggolan had put Belgium into an early lead.”So, they got an early goal, which was not what we wanted because then, had we let them get in their stride and in their rhythm, it would have been a tough night but these boys were straight back at the Belgium lads,” added Coleman.WE SURPRISED BELGIUMadvertisement”Then we started to control the game and we did for the first half really. After the first ten or fifteen minutes, we controlled the game. So obviously, we got the goal back and we went in at half time the much better team. I think we surprised Belgium.”The second strike was from Hal Robson-Kanu while the third came from a delightful header from Sam Vokes.”You have to believe in yourself,” said man-of-the-match Robson-Kanu.”It’s fantastic, it’s been all about the team all the way through this and tonight is just a special, special night for everyone involved. We’ve got top players throughout the squad. A lot of people underestimate the quality of players in our squad so it’s important that we have that competition. But I was delighted with my performance today.””It was brilliant, it was a great feeling,” said Vokes when asked about his goal. “We knew we were coming up against a tough test tonight and they showed that. I think the way the boys reacted shows the spirit of the lads and to come back and win 3-1 is an amazing feat.”last_img read more


November 25, 2019 0

MSI: Future Shipping Cycles to See Structural Change

first_imgzoom Excess shipyard capacity and a slowing but still considerable orderbook are the negative factors overhanging brighter prospects for shipping demand growth, according to Maritime Strategies International (MSI).MSI has forecast a structural change to future shipping cycles, “with shorter, sharper cycles with any bull run culled by the relative rapid delivery of legions of ships via the new dynamic shipyard capacity landscape,” Adam Kent, MSI consultant, said.Kent said that, looking at Compound Annual Growth Rates based on MSI’s assessment of demand in a number of major shipping sectors, crude tankers, containers, chemical tankers all have better prospects over the next five years.“Convert this into growth in shipping requirements by factoring in distances, speed, port times, waiting time and ballast ratios, the picture becomes even more positive for crude tankers and containers, chemical tankers and LNG carriers,” according to MSI.However, the supply side remains the source of most problems and despite some recent corrections, the orderbook still casts a long shadow over most sectors. Across all the main commodity sectors the orderbook significantly outstrips the ageing fleet with MPP, Ro-Ro and PCTC the only sectors where there is a better balance of replacement tonnage requirements.MSI said that shipyards will still be hungry for orders because, based on scheduled orderbooks and maximum historical output, the three main shipbuilding nations are only fully utilised for 2016. In 2017 utilisation drops to around 70% in Korea and Japan and is close to 50% in China.last_img read more


October 24, 2019 0

Changes to Pap testing lead to thousands of missed chlamydia cases study

first_imgTORONTO – Researchers say changes to Ontario’s cervical cancer screening guidelines have led to thousands of women not being tested and diagnosed for chlamydia.Chlamydia is the world’s most common sexually transmitted disease; left untreated, the bacterial infection can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility.Two years after Ontario’s cervical cancer screening guidelines changed in 2012, chlamydia testing dropped 26 per cent in females aged 15 to 19 and 18 per cent in those aged 20 to 24 — with more than 2,700 fewer cases being detected.The new guidelines recommend that women who have been sexually active receive a Pap test every three years starting at age 21, instead of having one annually starting three years after becoming sexually active.Doctors usually collect swabs to screen for sexually transmitted infections like chlamydia while doing a Pap test for cervical cancer.The researchers hope greater public awareness about the need for young women to be tested for chlamydia and the availability of a simple urine test will lead to more screening.“From a public health perspective, it is important to ensure that chlamydia cases are diagnosed in order to limit the spread of infection and the longer-term impacts of this infection if it isn’t caught and treated,” said co-author Dr. Jeff Kwong, a scientist at Public Health Ontario and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.“This is particularly true for women younger than 21 years of age who are at risk for chlamydia if they are sexually active and who no longer warrant cervical cancer screening,” he said. “This research shows that women should be tested for chlamydia based on risk, regardless of the need for Pap tests.”The findings are published in the July 10 issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.last_img read more


October 17, 2019 0

Vancouver Film School to enter Bollywood industry centre by opening campus in

first_imgCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Vancouver Film School founder James Griffin, Digital India’s Ashish Kulkarni, and Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan attended a meeting in India. VFS founder and president James Griffin attended a meeting in Mumbai with Trudeau, Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, and Digital India’s Ashish Kulkarni, who is the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry’s chairman for animation, visual effects, gaming, and comics. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: As Mumbai, India, is the nexus of the world’s most prolific film production centres, the Hindi film industry otherwise known as Bollywood, a local film school is planning to expand there.On February 20, the Vancouver Film School announced that it will be opening a new campus in Mumbai in July, located at the Mackichan Complex of Wilson College.The partnership was one of 66 commercial contracts by Canadian and Indian companies announced by Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau during his visit to India. Twitterlast_img read more


October 15, 2019 0

Manipal Hospitals launches first of its kind Suraksha Card

first_imgNew Delhi: Manipal Hospitals has launched first of its kind ‘Suraksha Card’, a healthcare privilege membership programme aimed at providing best of hospital care to the patients at affordable costs.The benefits of Suraksha Card include unlimited OPD consultations for a year, 15 per cent discount on lab & radiology investigations, 10 per cent discount on pharmacy, one preventive health check package worth 499 free in a year, free ambulance pick up, free home sample collection and 10 per cent discount on IPD – room rent only. These benefits can be availed for a year with a one-time payment of Rs 2000 per person. In addition, the beneficiaries can also add their family members by availing the card for Rs 3,000 for 2-4 members and Rs 4,000 for 5-6 members.last_img read more


October 12, 2019 0

Morocco Condemns Algerias Maneuvers Before UN Human Rights Council

Geneva – Morocco condemned, on Monday in Geneva, Algeria’s maneuvers before the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to mislead the international community regarding the situation in the Kingdom’s southern provinces (the so-called Western Sahara).In a speech before the Council on behalf of a group of countries including Guinea, Senegal, Central Africa and the Comoro Islands, Morocco’s permanent representative to Geneva, Ambassador Mohamed Auajjar, recalled that since Spain’s departure in 1975, the Moroccan Sahara issue has become a regional political dispute on the agenda of the UN Security Council.“In keeping with its political commitment and in response to calls made by the UNSC since 2004, Morocco submitted to the UN in 2007 an initiative to negotiate a status of autonomy for the Sahara region which meets the right to self-determination of the populations concerned while respecting Morocco’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said. The ambassador noted that, instead of engaging in good faith in the negotiation process triggered in 2007, the other parties chose to take an obstructionist position based on the instrumentalization of human rights in order to hamper UN efforts to find a negotiated political solution on the basis of the autonomy plan.While continuing its cooperation with the UN to revive the political talks process, Morocco has pursued pioneering democratic reforms in the region so as to foster the rule of law and broaden the scope of liberties in its national territory, he added.With MAP read more


October 12, 2019 0

North American stocks close higher as loonie drops and commodities slide

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was higher Tuesday on a day marked by volatility and a sell-off in commodities.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 30.93 points at 14,624.50 after falling more than 200 points earlier in the session.Stocks in New York also rebounded after opening the day with significant losses.The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 93.33 points at 17,776.91 after being down more than 200 points, while the Nasdaq rose 5.52 points to 4,997.46 after earlier shedding more than 90 points. The S&P 500 finished 12.58 points higher at 2,081.34 after sliding nearly 25 points in early trading.Sunday’s “no” vote in the Greek debt referendum plunged the country’s future in the euro into uncertainty, yet investors are now adjusting their expectations on the fallout in world financial markets, according to Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer for Sun Life Global Investments.“People realized around the same time that whatever happens with Greece, it’s still a really small economy,” he said. “You’ve still got to worry about the rest of the world and there could be opportunity there.” Commodities were hit hard, with oil, gold, and copper all losing value.The August contract for benchmark crude ended the day down 20 cents at US$52.33 a barrel.“People are starting to realize that supply hasn’t diminished, it’s actually gone up since we hit $44 oil in January,” Adatia said. “The next step is down rather than up for oil prices.”The August gold contract was down $20.60 at US$1,154.30 an ounce, while September copper fell 9.15 cents to US$2.45 a pound, reaching levels not seen since January.The loonie slid 0.37 of a US cent to end the day at 78.67 cents, its sixth consecutive day of losses against the greenback.In the face of the Greek crisis, Adatia said, investors have become risk averse and are flocking to the safety of the American currency, pushing up its value relative to the Canadian dollar.The loonie has also been under pressure from speculation that the Bank of Canada will cut its trend-setting interest rate next Wednesday.Much of that has come from economic reports indicating that Canada may be in a recession — defined as two consecutive quarters of negative growth.Statistics Canada added more fuel to the fire Tuesday when it reported that Canada’s merchandise trade deficit rose to $3.34 billion in May from $3.0 billion in April, a gap that was much higher than the consensus estimate of $2.5 billion.Trade figures showed that exports declined 0.6 per cent in May to $42 billion, while imports edged up 0.2 per cent to $45.3 billion. read more


October 8, 2019 0

Yet more snow on the way

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the GTA with 5 to 10 centimetres of snow in the forecast. The area affected is the north shore of Lake Ontario from Burlington east to Belleville. Steady snowfall has created a tough drive for commuters. Highways and roadways are slick, and many areas are still backed up with traffic moving much slower than usual. It’s been a wintry week, weather-wise, but the season doesn’t officially begin until Saturday. However cold weather alerts issued for Hamilton and Toronto have been cancelled. Video: Sean Leathong tracks the winter weather cleanup while Matt Hayes talks about how long this is going to be with us. read more


October 7, 2019 0

Marc Loving set for return as Buckeyes take on Spartans in East

After sitting out 3 games with an undisclosed suspension, sophomore forward Marc Loving is set to make his return against Michigan State on Feb. 13.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State men’s basketball team has won five of its past six games, with the one setback coming in the first game of Marc Loving’s three-game suspension.Coach Thad Matta confirmed Friday the sophomore forward will make his return to the court against Michigan State on Saturday, with the Buckeyes looking to make it three wins in a row.Matta said Loving “definitely” makes OSU a better team, but added the Buckeyes have improved overall in the time he missed.“I like the strides that everybody on this team has made in his (Loving’s) absence,” Matta said.Loving’s suspension was announced just before the Buckeyes took on Purdue on Feb. 4 in West Lafayette, Ind. That game ended in a 60-58 OSU loss, then Loving missed out on the Buckeyes’ next road trip as well.But that time around OSU came out on top with a 19-point shellacking of Rutgers on the road Feb. 8 before trouncing Penn State, 75-55, at home on Feb. 11. Matta stressed the improvement over those three games, and said he’s not sure exactly how Loving will slot into the lineup against the Spartans.“Now where does he come back and fit in?” Matta said. “Hopefully like he did in the Maryland game.”The Buckeyes took on Maryland the game before Loving’s suspension, and the Toledo native made the most of 31 minutes off the bench, going 5-for-5 from 3-point land and tying his career high with 19 points.Against Purdue, the Buckeyes didn’t have Loving’s production as the player behind him — freshman forward Keita Bates-Diop — didn’t attempt a shot. But against Rutgers, Bates-Diop scored a career-high 14 points, and added seven more against the Nittany Lions.Bates-Diop said he took his chance with Loving out of the lineup, but added having him back in the lineup will give OSU a boost.“I saw it (Loving’s suspension) as an opportunity to step up and play well, and I did,” Bates-Diop said Friday. “Having Marc back, it just makes us a better team, it makes us a deeper team.”Senior center Amir Williams said Loving’s return will be “huge” for OSU because of his ability to bring multiple new dimensions to the offense.“(Loving’s) a guy that can stretch the floor,” Williams said Friday. “He can create his own shot by driving to the basket, he can also post up. He just provides different ways of scoring the basketball, so it’s definitely gonna be huge having him back this game.”With Loving’s added dimension out of the equation, the loss to Purdue marked the first time the Buckeyes were held to less than 60 points since a loss to Louisville back on Dec. 2.Matta said the Boilermakers’ defensive scheme is similar to what he expects from Michigan State, with the difference being that the Spartans will have to deal with Loving in addition to the scoring prowess of freshman guard D’Angelo Russell.“They (Michigan State) are a very active gap-oriented type team,” Matta said. “The principles that their defense is based on is very sound, just in terms of keeping guys in front of you, being physical on the cuts, stuff like that.”In addition to tough defense, Williams said the Buckeyes will be playing in one of the most hostile environments the Big Ten has to offer.“It ranks definitely in the top in the Big Ten, that student section can get pretty loud,” he said of Michigan State’s Breslin Student Events Center. “When they score the first basket the arena goes crazy, they start popping things and throwing things in the air.“It’s gonna be tough, we just gotta keep finding ways to continue to play through it.”While Loving will be back to boost the Buckeyes in East Lansing, Mich., Matta said he’s not sure if redshirt-senior forward Anthony Lee will be able to play after he missed the Penn State game with an injury.With Loving in the lineup, and Lee’s status in question, the Buckeyes are set to take on the Spartans at noon. read more


September 28, 2019 0

No holds barred the explosive 2006 tests that changed the future of

first_img“If you wanna box, say you wanna box and we’ll box. If you wanna play football, say you wanna play football and we’ll play football.”LATE AFTERNOON ON 5 November 2006, Kieran McGeeney stands in the realms of Croke Park — not one bit happy with how the previous two hours has turned out. McGeeney is known for his hatred of losing, but it wasn’t just the 38-point defeat that had gotten under his skin.A week earlier Ireland had upset the Australians in Salthill in the first test. Among the scorers that day was 20-year-old Laois man Colm Begley, coming back to Ireland after a season where his own Australian Rules dream had got up and running.“I think I had two senior games that year for Brisbane. It was a massive help for me, I was only about 19 or 20, to have that experience over there. Especially when coming back (to Ireland) and playing with all these players you looked up to when you’d been playing GAA the four or five years before that.”The first test was unique – the first time an international rules series game had been played under lights. In dire weather Ireland won a low-scoring affair 48-40. The main talking point from the test was the citing of Graham Geraghty for a knee to the head of Australia’s Lindsay Gilbee. Unfortunately it wasn’t going to be the only time Geraghty was the centre of attention during the series.“We actually played really well that day. There was a few scuffles here and there and conditions were poor with the wind, but it was just a fast-paced, hard-hitting match – nothing too much involved.“For me I’d played games before under lights so I was used to it. A lot of games we had would have been under lights in the Gabba and the MCG but it would have affected some players. I know lads found it different when the lights came into play, reading the flight of the ball.”With a first test win secured and the prospect of a sell-out in Croke Park a week later, the country started to embrace the concept of two sports giving and taking to create a competitive compromise. 2006 was the pinnacle of popularity for the series – with the Irish winning on home soil two years prior and the Australians reversing that and then some the next year, this series was billed as the decider.The 2nd test crowd of over 82,000 was 21,000 more that had been at the same fixture two years before. This wasn’t an end of season exhibition any more; it was the real thing.INPHOThe week leading up to the game only added to the hype. Carlton’s Brendan Fevola was sent home for an assault on an Irish barman – and words between the two camps were being openly exchanged.“There were a few things mentioned in the papers and a few words from Aussie boys, saying that they were going to bring the physicality to the game and that they were going to beat the Irish down with that.“We were trying to focus on our game and our performance. That was really re-enforced. If something happened we were all on board to jump in and support each other, but the thing is back then if you got sent off there was no repercussions.There was a no holds barred feel going into the game so they could force the physicality on us.The expectation that something might kick off wasn’t far wide of the mark. The real surprise was how soon the niggling began.“We all lined out on the pitch, then the first fight started, there was lads grabbing each other and it was just happening everywhere. I think it was (Ryan) Crowley from Freemantle who I was on and straight away we were shouldering and grabbing, throwing a few punches and stuff like that.”YouTube Credit: smili72Begley looked around and saw the amount of chaos before a ball had even been kicked. “There were about four or five things going on. The crowd was loving it to be honest, I remember them roaring and shouting.“It was a good atmosphere but it was pretty crazy. I looked up and saw McGeeney and Barry Hall in a good scuffle — Barry Hall would have been a big player but McGeeney wasn’t holding back , he gave him plenty of it.”When professional athletes try to bully and intimidate amateurs, you’d expect only one outcome. But Irish squads are picked with this in mind, and Sean Boylan’s team weren’t ready to be pushed around.INPHO“A lot of players were well able to give it back to them – you look at the likes of McGeeney and Sean Marty Lockhart, they were as tough and as strong, if not stronger then the Aussie lads. The scrapping and stuff like that wouldn’t be in the gaelic football game, but some players react well to it, some players don’t.The Irish players probably weren’t expecting what happened, but I don’t think anyone turned away from it. It developed the game. Obviously some people say it was madness and stuff like that but when you’re involved it really got the atmosphere going, it gives you a bit of a lift in the game.“Whether we got too caught up in it, maybe we did.”At one stage in the first half Aidan O’Mahony caught an Aussie in the head. He continued to stride forward through impact and was met by three Australians looking for afters. That was how the game was going to be played.But the series will be remembered for a first-half tackle by Australian Danyle Pearce on Graham Geraghty, knocking the Meath man out cold, something that really angered manager and fellow countyman Boylan.INPHO[Boylan] was pretty disgusted about it. He’d be a very kind, gentle man, all about the game and the sport. He was never encouraging dirty play or anything like that.“The way the game went he thought it was disgraceful, and the tackle on Geraghty was obviously pretty extreme too, especially with the conclusion of it and him being taken off in a bad way.YouTube Credit: bobby292“We were always trying to focus on playing the match and our game – making sure we weren’t getting involved in other stuff. He said we’d back each other up if needed, but let’s focus on trying to beat them on the field.“One of the changing goals they got in the game, there were two fights going on and they played on with the ball and scored a goal. That was something we didn’t want to happen but it happened.”INPHOAustralia went on to win the test 69-31 and the series 109-79. It was to be the last of its kind.After McGeeney’s ‘boxing’ interview, Boylan came out fuming, describing the game as thuggery. The result: a code of conduct for future tests and falling popularity and crowd numbers.Teams are picking more running-based players now, not so many big power-based lads. I think they might have taken too much of the physicality out of it. I think they got a bit worried that it might have gotten worse, stuff like the shepherding, the bumping.“I enjoyed it in AFL, I thought it was good and if it was controlled properly by the umpires, it’d be no problem.”But once the game ends there are no hard feelings, and the teams often socialise with each other afterwards. Back in Australia Begley took all necessary stick, even getting a chance to joke with big bad Barry Hall about a couple of rows.“He gave me a few good thumps off the ball in the second test and a few months later I was in Sydney with Tadhg Kennelly and Barry was out with us and he had a good laugh at the few thumps he gave me.“What happens on the field stays on the field.”POLL: Are you interested in the International Rules this year?Dublin’s Paul Flynn free to line out for Ireland in International Ruleslast_img read more


September 22, 2019 0

Le premier groupe de sénateurs écologistes en passe dêtre créé

first_imgLe premier groupe de sénateurs écologistes en passe d’être crééLe Sénat, à majorité de gauche, a accédé à la demande de constitution du premier groupe écologiste de l’histoire du parlement français. Pour cela, les sénateurs ont voté pour un abaissement du seuil de constitutions des groupes de 15 à 10 sénateurs.Hier, le nouveau président socialiste du Sénat, Jean-Pierre Bel, a proposé de voter pour un abaissement du seuil de constitution des groupes de sénateurs de façon à ce que celui-ci passe de 15 à 10. En modifiant ce règlement du Sénat, les écologistes pourraient constituer son premier groupe de sénateurs de l’histoire.Déjà, les écologistes avaient profité du passage de la majorité du Sénat à gauche (suite aux élections du 25 septembre) pour obtenir 10 sièges contre 4 auparavant. Toutefois, la majorité de gauche étant encore fragile avec 177 sénateurs contre 171 à droite, le groupe PS s’est vu contraint de conclure une série d’accords avec les communistes (CRC), les radicaux de gauche (RDSE) et les écologistes. La constitution d’un groupe au Sénat n’est pas anodine puisqu’elle donne de nombreuses prérogatives : participation à la Conférence des présidents, droit de parole élargi, de constitution d’une commission d’enquête, de présentation d’une proposition de loi dans une séance réservée au groupe (niche parlementaire)… De plus, outre une voiture de fonction avec chauffeur (idéal pour les écologistes !), un bureau et une indemnité supplémentaire pour le président, le groupe bénéficie d’une dotation pour son fonctionnement. Le tout est évalué par à 350.000 € par an. Elle sera comprise dans l’enveloppe globale affectée à l’ensemble des groupes et la dotation du groupe PS sera notamment diminuée.L’UMP n’est pas hostile à cette innovation, trop heureuse de voir un groupe de plus au sein de la majorité. Seule une partie des centristes devait s’y opposer, indique Sciences et Avenir. Les deux autres groupes de la majorité, CRC et RDSE, s’y sont certes ralliés mais seulement après avoir manifesté leur mauvaise humeur. Selon eux, le PS fait une part trop belle aux verts. Ce groupe sera “une grande fierté pour moi”, a déclaré Jean-Vincent Placé, numéro 2 d’EELV, qui devrait en être le président. Il dit ressentir “beaucoup d’émotion, mais aussi le sens de la responsabilité que cela représente dans la période qui vient avec l’éventualité d’un parlement entièrement à gauche”. Marie-Christine Blandin, sénatrice verte depuis 2001 explique que le groupe a “une vraie obligation de travail pour inventer la société de demain sur des thèmes qui ne nous sont pas familiers”.”Nous marquerons nos différences par exemple sur l’agriculture biologique que je compte défendre malgré le poids important des lobbies”, assure l’un des nouveaux arrivants, Joël Labbé (Morbihan), déjà surnommé le rocker Vert en raison de ses cheveux longs. Autre entrée remarquée, celle d’Esther Benbassa, novice en politique, mais qui a défendu le droit de vote des étrangers aux élections locales face au Premier ministre François Fillon.À lire aussiLivre électronique : le Sénat veut aussi faire payer les sites étrangers Conscient de l’ampleur de la tâche pour 10 élus et de l’étroitesse de la majorité, M. Placé, souhaite même constituer un groupe intermédiaire dans la majorité et que les écologistes préparent les textes en amont avec les socialistes. Une fois le vote acquis, reste le feu vert du Conseil constitutionnel, avant que le groupe puisse se former, certainement après les vacances de fin d’année. La résolution modifiant le règlement du Sénat a aussi proposé la constitution d’une nouvelle commission consacrée au développement durable.Le 21 décembre 2011 à 10:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


September 20, 2019 0

WTO Authorizes 101 Billion in COOL Retaliation Tariffs

first_imgThe World Trade Organization (WTO) this week authorized a combined $1.01 billion in annual retaliation, $781 million from Canada and $227 million from Mexico, in response to U.S. non-compliance with Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for muscle cuts of beef and pork.With the Arbitrator’s decision finalized, the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body will hold a special meeting on Dec. 18 to officially authorize Canada and Mexico to retaliate against the U.S. Once retaliation is granted, it will be only a matter of days until Canada and Mexico could start applying tariffs to U.S. food, agriculture and manufactured goods.The American Soybean Association (ASA) as part of the COOL coalition has urged Congress to include a full repeal of COOL in the Omnibus package currently being negotiated by Congress. Furthermore, members of the COOL coalition sent a letter Tuesday, with more than 250 signatures to Members of Congress urging support for a full repeal of COOL.Click here to read the letter.last_img read more


September 16, 2019 0

Adobe Makes OneOff App Publishing Available in Creative Cloud

first_imgMarketing materials, brochures, portfolios, menus and so on can be designed and submitted directly to Apple’s App Store. Single Edition also allows users to preview and test apps directly on the iPad via a USB connection before creating the final file. Adobe‘s Creative Cloud has gotten a bit more equitable for smaller design shops and independent designers. Creative Cloud, a subscription service that launched in May and allows users to download Adobe products as well as store, share and collaborate through the cloud, now has DPS Single Edition added to the mix. Single Edition allows members to create one-off, iPad-only apps. While not necessarily for high-frequency publishers, Singe Edition allows users to create single-issue content through Creative Cloud without having to pay the $395 standalone, per application cost as well as the additional $395 for updates.Creative Cloud subscriptions run $29.99 per month for users of CS3 and above. “If I’m a designer and I have a customer that’s a restaurant and I need to change their menu, instead of having to pay $395 each time, if I’m current with my Creative Cloud membership, I can update it and anyone who has downloaded it will be notified in the app that there’s an update,” says an Adobe spokesperson. last_img read more


September 14, 2019 0

Xiaomis new photoediting feature challenges nature and youre going to love it

first_imgXiaomi knows how to stay on top of the news and it has recently launched a series of new smartphones that helped gain traction in India and across the globe. The company is already gearing up to launch new Android smartphones and a new report is suggesting that there might be more than just hardware upgrade in the upcoming models.According to XDA Developers, Xiaomi is working on a new photo-editing feature integrated within the MIUI Gallery app that will give users the capability to change the way sky looks in your photos. If you love capturing the sky in its full glory but fail to capture the true essence of what you’re are looking at then Xiaomi’s new photo editing tool will come to the rescue.While the “sky replacement” feature is still not available to users, a video demo shows how swapping the appearance of the sky is done with little to no effort and with great efficiency. Users will be presented with a set of presets, which depict the sky in different scenes. As seen in the video, changing the sky appears to take effect on the entire picture as the matching lighting effects are applied everywhere in the photo. This makes the tool work out natural magic and there’s also a slider to control the lighting effect on the rest of the image or objects. Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 ProKVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaXiaomi hasn’t confirmed the new feature, but XDA Developers found it through code analysis and it is expected to debut with the rumoured “raphael”, “davinci” and “pyxis” smartphones. According to rumours, “raphael”, and “davinci” are premium smartphones with Snapdragon 855 chipset, a pop-up selfie camera and an optical in-display fingerprint scanner.The “pyxis” smartphone is expected to be an Android One smartphone with a 32MP front camera that uses pixel binning technology for high-res images. The handset is likely to replace Mi 6X/ Mi A2 and be called Mi A3 in India.Given Xiaomi’s history, the sky replacement feature will also make its way to the existing smartphone lineup. It’s only a matter of time before we start seeing photos with dramatic skies in our social media feeds. Stay tuned for more. Close Is Redmi Note 7 the new-age Nokia 3310?last_img read more


September 5, 2019 0